March 22, 2017
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – The Kappa Delta Foundation presented three Kappa Delta Orthopaedic Research Awards totaling $60,000 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in San Diego, California, on March 16, 2017.
Matthew Dobbs, M.D., the Dr. Asa C. and Mrs. Dorothy W. Jones professor of orthopaedic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, and co-author Christina Gurnett, M.D., Ph.D., professor at the Department of Neurology and Division of Pediatric Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine, received the Ann Doner Vaughn Award for their research on advancing precision medicine for clubfoot treatment.
Robin Queen, Ph.D., FACSM, associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics at Virginia Tech and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Virginia Tech Carilon School of Medicine, received the Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award for her research on the impact of ankle osteoarthritis and total ankle replacement on gait mechanics and balance.
Scott Wolfe, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery Outpatient Center in Stamford, Connecticut, and co-author Joseph Crisco, Ph.D., director of the bioengineering laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedics at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, received the Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award for their work on kinematics of the wrist with a goal to develop better treatment for arthritis and other wrist injuries.
“Through their research, they improve the lives of countless individuals, and the 2017 award winners are no exception,” said Pamela Nix, who as executive director of the Kappa Delta Sorority and Foundation presented the award. “It is our hope these awards will continue to encourage notable advancements in orthopaedic research, thereby enhancing the quality of life for us all and those to come.”
Since 1950, more than 175 orthopaedic surgeons and researchers have received a Kappa Delta award. The foundation’s gifts to the academy total almost $2 million. Often referred to as the Nobel Prize of orthopaedic research, the awards are presented to researchers who make key discoveries pertaining to many leading orthopaedic advances.
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Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization for women with more than 250,000 members, over 500 chartered alumnae chapters and 164 active collegiate chapters. Kappa Delta is active in a number of philanthropic endeavors, including the support of the AAOS Orthopaedic Research Awards.
Established in 1981, the Kappa Delta Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to secure funds for the educational, leadership and charitable purposes of Kappa Delta Sorority. The foundation is supported by member donations and bequests that fund programs and initiatives such as scholarships, internships, grants and more. Kappa Delta National Headquarters is in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.kappadelta.org/foundation.